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Welcome to the Rend Lake College Nursing Department. We hope you will find the information needed to help you get started with a wonderful career in the nursing field. Specific questions about the application and admission to the program can be directed to Betty Jo Herbert, Director of Nursing at (618-437-5321 ext. 1706).

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About Our Program

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to clients and function as members of nursing and health care teams. Registered nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, and community agencies.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to provide career mobility with emphasis focusing on critical thinking, problem solving, decision making related to the clinical area, clinical reasoning and nursing judgment. Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings.

To remain in the program, the student must achieve a grade of “C” or better in each nursing course. It is also essential to demonstrate competence in dosage calculations and math skills. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approve this program. Upon graduation, the student may be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).

Please see the Nursing Handbook for complete curriculum information.

Nursing Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare Associate Degree Nursing graduates to become lifelong learners and to function as multidisciplinary team members; able to provide safe, competent care addressing the changing needs of individuals, family, and the community across the lifespan. This goal is accomplished through instruction and practice of nursing skills, use of critical thinking and problem solving, and demonstration of effective oral and written communication throughout the steps of the nursing process.

Nursing Program Philosophy Statement

The philosophy of the Rend Lake College Associate Degree Nursing Program reflects the mission and vision of the college; embracing cultural diversity and viewing each student as having inherent worth and potential. The program prepares the student for professional nursing roles and is a dynamic process that promotes the synthesis of information from evidence-based research through general studies, the sciences, and nursing experiences. Faculty members serve as facilitators of learning, provide guided experiential opportunities, and assist students to expand their knowledge and attain competencies, as well as furthering the development of professional roles and values.

Nursing education will be based on conceptualized learning and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) core competencies of patient centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidenced-based practice, quality improvement, safety, and informatics. Rend Lake College nursing faculty provide a learning environment that is student friendly and promotes professional commitment and self-direction.

Rend Lake College Associate Degree Nursing Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the second year of Rend Lake College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, the student will:

  • Assimilate and apply the nursing process to provide holistic, culturally diverse, patient-centered care to individuals, family, and community across the life span.
  • Collaborate effectively with the interdisciplinary team across the healthcare continuum.
  • Examine evidence-based practice for nursing interventions that are appropriate for diverse populations with multi-faceted healthcare needs across the lifespan.
  • Manage healthcare for the individual using cost effective nursing strategies, quality improvement processes, and current technology.
  • Delegate and deliver safe nursing interventions in collaboration with the patient and family, utilizing leadership principles to provide competent patient care.
  • Integrate healthcare information technology in nursing practice to improve the quality and safety of patient care throughout the nursing process.
  • Illustrate the need for personal accountability and professionalism as defined in the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.

Special Admission Requirements ­For Two Year ADN Nursing Program

Admission of a student to the Associate Degree Nursing program shall be based solely on the qualifications of that student. College and state admissions policies are used to determine theses qualifications. All students wishing to enter the new two year ADN program must meet the following as minimum requirements:

  • Submit a completed Rend Lake College application form.
  • Submit a completed Associate Degree Nursing program application.
  • Be a graduate from an accredited high school or have successfully completed the GED exam.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools (or official GED test scores) and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Achieve a competitive score on the pre-entrance exam for the ADN program.
  • Complete English 1101 with a grade of a "C" or better.
  • Complete Math 1407 or higher unless math placement scores meet the following criteria:
  • ASSET Intermediate Algebra Score: 35+
  • ASSET College Algebra Score: 26+
  • COMPASS Algebra Score: C 47+
  • COMPASS College Algebra Score: 16+
  • ACT Math Score: 18+
  • Complete a Basic Training Nursing Assistant Program and have passed the Illinois state certification exam.

    Other requirements upon notification of conditional acceptance-see handbook
 

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Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed to provide career mobility for persons who have satisfactorily completed an approved Practical Nursing program and possess current clinical competency. Emphasis is focused on critical thinking, problem solving, decision making related to the clinical area, clinical reasoning and nursing judgment. Graduates will be prepared to practice professional nursing in a variety of health care settings.

To remain in the program, the student must acheive a grade of "C" or better in each nursing course. It is also essential to demonstrate competence in dosage calculation and math skills. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approves this program. Upon graduation, the student is eligible to apply to take the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses).

64 Hours

Find program requirements and classes  HERE. Choose AAS/Assoc Deg Nursing.

Current students, login to myRLC

All students in program must submit to a background check as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Certificate in Practical Nursing

Students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program who prefer to test out at the practical nurse level may do so after completing two semesters of listed Associate Degree coursework and then completing NURS 1212 - Practical Nurse Role Development.
39 Hours

Gainful Employment Information

Find program requirements and classes HERE . Choose AAS/Assoc Deg Nursing and look at the first two semesters.
Current students, login to myRLC
All students in program must submit to a background check as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Nurse Assistant

This course is designed to prepare the individual to work in the role of a Certified Nurse Assistant in a variety of health care settings. It is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion of classroom and clinical experiences, the student will be eligible to apply to take the state CNA registry examination. The class must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
7 Hours
Prerequisite: Student must score a 59 or higher on the reading portion of the COMPASS test

Enroll in CNA 1201 - Certified Nurse Assistant
All students in program must submit to a background check as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Faculty & Staff


 

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Betty Jo Herbert
Director of Nursing
Program Advisor

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Kim Wilkerson
Dean of Allied Health
Title III Project Manager

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Shannon Stacey
Administrative Assistant

 

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: 
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health

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